The fingerprint sensor of future could be a way more durable, putting all of the current smartphone’s sensors to shame. Synaptics, the Silicon Valley biometrics company has announced a new optical fingerprint sensor that can scan fingerprints through glass up to 1mm thick.
The sensor is called the FS9100 and the company claims it’s going to eliminate most of the problems associated with fingerprint scanner smartphone manufacturers are facing these days. For instance, as Synaptics FS9100 can scan sitting under a 1mm thick glass, the smartphone screens won’t require any cutout or an extra button to house the sensor. Also, the company claims this sensor to be waterproof, as well as scratch proof.
Currently, most fingerprint sensors work sitting above the glass, which requires a cutout in the face of the phone or a dedicated button that accommodates the sensor. With this new Synaptics sensor, the glass screen just needs to be shaved in the area that houses the sensor as the glass needs to be thinner than 1mm. It will help the smartphone creators not only to maintain a cleaner industrial design but also to alleviate the amount of wasted glass.
Synaptics says the FS9100 sensor will be available for sampling in early 2017 and will go into mass production later in the year. The company is showing its fingerprint sensor in the hope to get the order, but no smartphone manufacturers have been announced yet that will like to use the sensor. However, the technology is indeed awesome and could reduce so many problems regarding smartphone home button.